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February 05. 2014 9:07PM

Up to 12 inches falls across New Hampshire as first storm of February sweeps through

New Hampshire residents spent Wednesday digging out from the latest winter wallop that dropped up to 12 inches of snow across the state.

“It wasn’t as wet as they predicted, so it was a little easier to move,” said Phil Caron of Windham, who works for Rockingham County and spent part of the day plowing out the county nursing home in Brentwood.

The storm meant another day off for school kids and forced some towns and school districts to postpone their deliberative sessions.

One area that picked up more snow than expected was northern New Hampshire.

“They ended up getting into some persistent snow bands,” said John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

Traffic was relatively light on many roadways, as people heeded the warnings to stay off the roads. Some businesses decided not to open their doors, while others closed early.

Janice Page of Exeter grabbed her cup of coffee and headed to work at her kitchen and bath design business, PK Surroundings, in downtown Exeter.

“It’s kind of a nice, quiet and relaxing day,” she said.

Ray Gaboriault was called in to help with the snow-blowing around the Exeter Town Offices. He used to be a mail carrier in Berlin, so he’s used to working out in the elements.

“It’s not that bad. I’ve seen worse,” he said.

Down the road, Sophia, the unofficial canine mayor of Exeter, sprawled out on the snow-covered sidewalk outside Luna Chics, her owner’s boutique.

The 11-year-old black labrador often accompanies owner Dana De Niro at work and loves to hang out in the snow.

“There’s something about this winter that I’m enjoying about it,” De Niro said. “I like being invigorated. It’s certainly not helping business though. It’s been tough and it’s not even the snow that’s been as big of a problem, it’s the cold,” she said.

Daytime highs are expected to remain below freezing for at least the next week. There’s also a shot at another coastal storm on Sunday, but Cannon said it’s too early to say whether that system will bring a significant snowfall.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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